Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms retirement from international football

by Tanveer Arayan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed in his press conference that he will retire from international football after Euro 2016.

Sweden’s record goalscorer will quit this summer and his game against Belgium at the Allianz Riviera could possibly be the last international game of his career.

Erik Hamren’s side are on the verge of elimination having taken just one point from their opening two games, a draw would leave them with two points, which will not be enough to take them to a third-placed spot.

Speaking about his future, Ibrahimovic insists he’s proud of what he has achieved with Sweden.

“I will not participate in the Olympics because my last game will be the last game Sweden does in this Euro. So let’s hope it goes as long as possible.

“To finish in a disappointment, never. Because I’m very proud to be the captain of Sweden and of what I’ve achieved.

“I want to take this moment and thank all the supporters because they made it possible for me to achieve what I have achieved. Without them it would not have been possible.

“So wherever I go, wherever I come, I’ll allays bring the Swedish flag with me and stand with it. So for me disappointment doesn’t exist, only proudness. I’m very thankful. So thank you.”

If Sweden are eliminated at the group stage on Wednesday then United could complete the signing of Ibrahimovic in time for their pre-season tour of China.

He was expected to represent his country at the Rio Olympics in August but it’s good news for United as he would have missed the pre-season tour and the start of the season.

United face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22 before travelling onto Beijing, where Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will cross paths to continue the infamous rivalry at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

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